“Pele” became the last word in Portuguese after it was included on Wednesday in the dictionary of “Michaeles”, the most commonly used word in the language.
From now on, 280 million Portuguese speakers can use phrases like “This is a tennis pele” or “This is a physical pele” within a correct grammar phrase.
The dictionary defined the new word as: “a thing or person who is not equal to another person because of its quality, value or superiority, such as Pelé, who is an epithet for Edson Arantes do Nascimento (1940-2022), who is the greatest athlete of all times, exceptional, incomparable and unique.
The word Pele has been added to the Dictionary.
Immortalized in Portuguese.
• pe.lé® adj m+f sm+f One or someone out of the ordinary, that or who, by virtue of his quality, value or superiority, cannot be equal to anything or anyone. pic.twitter.com/P4Y59O7XIJ
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However, in the dictionary, the letter R indicates that the new word is a registered trademark.
The name of the Brazilian legend entered the dictionary thanks to a campaign supported by the Pelé Foundation, which amassed 125,000 online signatures in just a few months.
The campaign was supported by the Santos club, in which the “king” spent most of his sports career, and the Globo media group.
Pelé is so far the only player to have won 3 World Cups with his country: Sweden in 1958, Chile in 1962 and Mexico in 1970.
The three-time world football champion passed away last December at the age of 82 after battling colon cancer.